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Worst Strike Zone for Ump

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  • Worst Strike Zone for Ump

    Know this probably has been done a zillion times but I haven't seen a thread on it.

    My choice is Eric Gregg. Not only was his strike zone big, it seemed to drift as the game went on.

    Really waiting for BlueZebras reply since he made a living doing it.

  • #2
    No one can ever beat Eric Gregg's 1997 NLCS strike zone. No one.
    46 wins to match last year's total


    • #3
      Eric Gregg 1997 NLCS game 6 for Livan Hernandez. The worst excuse for a strikeout ever. If you ask me Gregg threw the game.
      My dream ballpark dimensions
      LF: 388 Feet...Height 37 Feet...LCF: 455 Feet...CF: 542 Feet...Height 35 Feet
      RCF: 471 Feet...RF: 400 Feet...Height 60 Feet
      Location....San Diego


      • #4
        I'm moving this out of CE, and putting it in Between Innings for now, but it might go better in History. I'll see what the BI and History Mods think.
        Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
        Remember Yellowdog


        • #5
          Well now that this is in Between Innings, what current umpires do you fans think have the worst strike zones for the upcoming 2007 season?

          Which current ump's have the best strike zones for the upcoming 2007 season?
          Last edited by Old Sweater; 02-03-2007, 05:53 PM.


          • #6
            Here is most of the Umpires for the 2007 season from a July of 2006 roster.

            Major League Umpire Roster
            As of July 7, 2006
            No. Umpire
            67 Lance Barksdale
            65 Ted Barrett
            35 Wally Bell
            15 Joe Brinkman
            54 CB Bucknor
            48 Mark Carlson
            38 Gary Cederstrom
            56 Eric Cooper
            13 Derryl Cousins
            2 Jerry Crawford
            25 Fieldin Culbreth
            10 Phil Cuzzi
            44 Kerwin Danley
            37 Gary Darling
            12 Gerry Davis
            32 Dana DeMuth
            63 Laz Diaz
            16 Mike DiMuro
            1 Bruce Drekman
            88 Doug Eddings
            50 Paul Emmel
            57 Mike Everitt
            49 Andy Fletcher
            60 Marty Foster
            6 Bruce Froemming
            53 Greg Gibson
            9 Brian Gorman
            55 Angel Hernandez
            17 John Hirschbeck
            29 Bill Hohn
            34 Sam Holbrook
            51 Marvin Hudson
            58 Dan Iassogna
            66 Jim Joyce
            8 Jeff Kellogg
            No. Umpire
            46 Ron Kulpa
            24 Jerry Layne
            72 Alfonso Marquez
            30 Randy Marsh
            36 Tim McClelland
            41 Jerry Meals
            14 Chuck Meriwether
            26 Bill Miller
            11 Ed Montague
            96 Paul Nauert
            45 Jeff Nelson
            7 Brian O'Nora
            39 Larry Poncino
            59 Tony Randazzo
            19 Ed Rapuano
            23 Rick Reed
            31 Mike Reilly
            18 Charlie Reliford
            77 Jim Reynolds
            71 Brian Runge
            43 Paul Schrieber
            5 Dale Scott
            95 Tim Timmons
            4 Tim Tschida
            27 Larry Vanover

            47 Mark Wegner
            52 Bill Welke
            3 Tim Welke
            21 Hunter Wendelstedt
            22 Joe West

            33 Mike Winters
            78 Jim Wolf
            28 Larry Young


            • #7
              CB Buckner is god awful.


              • #8
                Ron Kulpa makes some horrible strike calls with his strange strike zone, in my opinion. He almost caused Pedro Martinez on June 22, 2006 to be ejected from the game with some of his missed calls! Another umpire with a random sized strike zone every game is Angel "I Hate the Cardinals" Hernandez. He annoys me so much with his anti-Cardinal bias.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by cincyredfan1972
                  CB Buckner is god awful.
                  So, I aint the only who agrees with that. I have never liked him out there umping. I forget the incident, but I know there was one where he made the stupidest call I heard of against the Cubs and since, it just seems hes had never been good at making calls. Funny, hes the only Ump i can name right now.
                  "I don't like to sound egotistical, but every time I stepped up to the plate with a bat in my hands, I couldn't help but feel sorry for the pitcher."
                  -Rogers Hornsby-

                  "People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring."
                  -Rogers Hornsby-

                  Just a note to all the active members of BBF, I consider all of you the smartest baseball people I have ever communicated with and love everyday I am on here. Thank you all!


                  • #10
                    Eric Cooper had one of the worst-umpired games I have ever seen. Worse than Gregg's in the NLCS. However, it was just an interleague game between the Phillies and Orioles, so nobody cared.


                    • #11
                      The Astros were furious with Fred Brocklander in the 1986 NLCS, for his calls at 1B and behind the plate.


                      • #12
                        Don Denkinger and Art Passarella both blatanly blew calls.... in the World Series.


                        • #13
                          how about angel hernandez
                          "The one constant through all the years has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It's been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game, is a part of our past. It reminds us of all that once was good, and what could be again."




                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Solair Wright
                            Another umpire with a random sized strike zone every game is Angel "I Hate the Cardinals" Hernandez. He annoys me so much with his anti-Cardinal bias.
                            It's not just the Cards Hernandez hates. It's good and consistent umpiring that Hernandez hates.

                            Ed 'Bat Guano' Rapuano has a very ambulatory strike zone. He's one of the worst.

                            Bucknor, Hernandez, Rapuano and Dan Iassogna are just plain bad umpires, whether they're calling balls & strikes or anything else.

                            Fieldin Culbreth has been known to call a very tight zone, and to move a bit during games. More offense in his games than most others. Hirschbeck has a pitcher-friendly zone.

                            I've never been a big fan of Bruce 'Fat &%#$' Froemming, but I think he's been calling balls & strikes a little more consistently in recent years.
                            Never confuse character with geography --- Red Smith
                            Astros Daily


                            • #15
                              I was thinking of Angel to in that list. Think a lot of it is his name.

                              I forget which Umps get the praise from the announcers of the game. Sure that McCarver and Morgan have their favorites.